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We all remember back February ’09 the fantastic painting Jorge Colombo designed the scene of a New York City hot dog vendor on an iPhone, and since then of course multiple artists have shown the power of digital finger painting. It would be obvious to assume that using the iPad - which is at least 4 times bigger than the iPhone - artists could really unleash the flexibility and power with that screen size to make bigger swipes and extra space to use without zooming in and out all the time.

ipad painting david kassan

Well portrait artist David Kassan has joined an emerging community of iPad artists, showing the world that the iPad can essentially replace the artist’s sketchbook, using the Brushes app – iPad Edition to create a painting of a live model of a man. Kassan’s use of the iPad as a canvas was brought to mainstream attention by Stephen Fry on Twitter, and we’re so happy he did. As you can see in the video below, he starts out quite roughly but very quickly starts looking like an actual oil painting.

During the 5 minute video - which actually was a 3 hour session - Kassan places his iPad on a simple tripod and uses his virtual art station to gesture-paint with a variety of virtual brushes and textures available on the app, giving him the ability of mixed medium techniques to create a very life-like work of art. The advent of the iPad will continue to propel digital arts further into the artistic domain, as traditional artists enjoy a simple fluid means of sketching and painting on an intuitive medium. Who knows, soon there may be art galleries full of iPads showing off the great digital artists of the early 21st century.

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